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The DSF's Co-founder, Lady Olga Maitland
Welcome to The Defence and Security Forum

The Defence and Security Forum was founded by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983. It was originally a campaigning organisation known as Families for Defence launched to challenge the anti-nuclear protest movements such as CND. Families for Defence’s remit was to promote the NATO case for multilateral nuclear disarmament. In the course of doing so the purpose was to focus on the importance of a proper provision for the defence of the United Kingdom.
Major General Patrick Cordingley, our Chairman Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Defence and Security
Serving Five Prime Ministers from Edward Heath, to Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and David Cameron.
Booking forms

Speaker: Lord Butler, Chief Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service

For a decade he has served five prime ministers. He was the Chairman of the Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction 2002 - 2004.  Today he is an active member of the House of Lords sitting on the Cross Benches.  He does not pull his punches.   In a Brexit debate he said, ‘Brexit legislation strikes a dagger to my soul.’ He was also Master of University College, Oxford.


Time: 7.30 for 8 pm.

Dress Code:
Black tie

Naval and Military Club, 4 St James’s Sq, London SW1 Ticket.

80 pp

RSVP : Lyn Prendergast: lynpaconf[at]

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A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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